The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) today announced 30 finalists for its State IT Recognition Awards.

The awards, which include 10 different categories, reward innovation in the “use of information technology to address critical business problems, more easily connect citizens to their government, improve business processes and create new opportunities that improve the lives of citizens.”

The finalists for the State IT Recognition Awards are:

Business Process Innovations

  • State of Michigan: JobNet: Road to the Future
  • State of North Carolina: Modernizing Estuarine Habitat Mapping with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • State of Tennessee: MHSAS’s Electronic Clinical Record, Using IT to Provide Better Patient Care

Cross-Boundary Collaboration & Partnerships

  • State of Georgia: Georgia Cyber Center
  • State of Indiana: Connecting Indiana’s Medicaid and Corrections Data to Improve Hoosier Health
  • State of North Carolina: Improving Emergency Response Precision with the State Emergency Response Application


  • State of Iowa: Election Cybersecurity Partnership Project
  • State of Ohio: Digital Identity: Providing a Secure Customer Experience
  • State of Texas: Managed Security Services – Provided by Texas for Texas Governments

Data Management, Analytics & Visualization

  • State of Connecticut: Cross Agency Data Sharing to Drive Value and Save Money
  • State of Illinois: Winning Against Tax Fraud with Data Analytics
  • State of Utah: Intergenerational Poverty Initiative Data Driven Solutions

Digital Government: Government to Business

  • State of Minnesota: Preparing for Emergencies: Medical PreCheck & Locator App
  • State of North Carolina: Improving Health Outcomes through the State Health Information Exchange
  • State of Tennessee: Rip, Replace, Revitalize! Project TR3

Digital Government: Government to Citizen

  • State of North Carolina: Women, Infants and Children Benefits in the Mobile Application Age
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Child Support Enforcement System (PACSES) and JobGateway Integration Initiative
  • State of Tennessee: TennCare Connect: A Multi-Channel Gateway Elevating the Member Experience

Emerging & Innovative Technologies 

  • State of New Jersey: Integrated Drug Awareness Dashboard (IDAD)
  • State of Tennessee: Halt, Who Goes There? Tennessee’s Facial Recognition System (FRS) Project
  • State of Washington: Using UAS Technology in Collision and Crime Scene Reconstruction

Enterprise IT Management Initiatives

  • State of Arizona: Building the Governance Model
  • State of California: Examination and Certification Online System (ECOS)
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania IT and HR Shared Services Transformation

Information Communications Technology (ICT) Innovations 

  • State of California: Identification and Removal of Hazardous Materials During Wildfire Response
  • State of Georgia: Mobile Field Data Collection for Food Emergency Response
  • State of Oklahoma: Oklahoma Videoconferencing Solution Saves Time for Citizens and State Employees

State CIO Office Special Recognition

  • State of California: Licensing Medicinal Adult-Use Cannabis
  • State of Idaho: Instant Invoice Payments by Text Message and/or Email
  • ​State of Washington: Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System

A panel of NASCIO members judged more than 130 submissions before selecting the finalists. NASCIO said that the award winners will be announced at the upcoming NASCIO Annual Conference this October in Nashville, Tenn. NASCIO also explained that in the interest of sharing best practices across state lines, all award submissions will be added to NASCIO’s awards library by late September.

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